Industry Forum

AS13100_RM13003 - Measurement System Analysis (MSA)

Course overview:  

This course replaces AS13003 - Measurement System Analysis (MSA) Practitioner Training for Aerospace.

This course covers the requirements for AS13000 and AESQ Reference Manual RM13003 - Measurement System Analysis. This course outlines the competitive advantages of an effective Measurement System Analysis (MSA) process along with the benefits of reduced costs due to poor measurement.

MSA provides a method enabling organisations to understand the variation present in their measuring systems. This variation can impact both variable and attribute measurement systems. A high level of confidence is required for the measurement of product and process characteristics. Implementation of an effective MSA process forms one of the key foundation activities in support of this goal.

Who should attend:  

This course is designed for Process Design Practitioners, Process Improvement Teams, Implementation Teams, Internal Auditors and others involved in the implementation or auditing of Measurement Systems Analysis.


Upon completion of the course, you will receive an Industry Forum AS13100_RM13003 MSA Practitioners Certificate.

Benefits and Learning Objectives:  

MSA is used when an understanding of measurement system variability is required. MSA studies will decompose measurement system variability into equipment, operator and part variation. It is often mandated by aerospace and other engineering primary manufacturers as a specific requirement on their suppliers to give them confidence in the measurements that are being taken and reported by the supplier.

MSA will support understanding measurement system performance and allow any performance limitations to be actioned appropriately by the organisation.

Delegates will become competent in implementing, undertaking and auditing MSA including studies for variable and attribute data.

Implementation of MSA will support improved customer satisfaction, reduced cost of quality and improved problem solving robustness.

Topics covered: 

  • System for defect prevention 
  • Purpose of Measurement System Analysis (MSA)
  • Requirements from AS13100 and AESQ RM13003
  • Linkages to zero defects
  • Data types 
  • Choosing measurement system analysis types
  • Calibration vs MSA Understanding variation and resolution 
  • Sample selection, sample numbers 
  • Within part variation 
  • Fixtures and flexible components 
  • Appraiser selection
  • Accuracy, bias, linearity, stability and precision
  • Repeatability and reproducibility 
  • Study approaches - Variable and Range 
  • Factors driving measurement 
  • Average and range study (tolerance study)
  • Acceptance criteria (TOL study)
  • Mitigation for poor results
  • Gauge study relationships 
  • Resolution checking and accuracy ratio 
  • Feature categories 
  • Resolution and accuracy acceptance criteria 
  • Number of distinct categories (NDC)
  • When MSA should be applied and pre-requisites 
  • Study planning and training 
  • Environmental impacts 
  • Average and range study (total variation)
  • Understanding variation sources (EV, AV and PV)
  • Analysis of results and Mitigation strategies 
  • Acceptance criteria (TV study)
  • Gauge study relationships 
  • Anova study
  • Limitations of measurement 
  • Statistical software 
  • Benefits of graphical representation 
  • Nested studies (destructive testing - non repeatable)
  • MSA read across 
  • Gauge R&R for coordinate measuring machines (CMM)
  • CMM programme verification 
  • Attribute studies 
  • Visual inspection 
  • Attribute Agreement Analysis - Kappa study 
  • Acceptance criteria (Kappa study)
  • Gauge performance curves 

Introduction to IF

We have been delivering significant and measurable performance improvements for leading global manufacturers for more than 25 years and believe there is no one size fits all approach to driving competitiveness across the industry. Toyota, Rolls Royce and Electrolux are among the brands who have tapped into our expertise to ensure they remain on top in their own fiercely competitive markets.

Why choose Industry Forum:  

Industry Forum helps major global manufacturers understand, optimise and improve both manufacturing capability and business performance.

An integrated team of consultants and practitioners – all seasoned expert engineers with multi-sector manufacturing experience – Industry Forum brings together a world-class combination of improvement competency, insight, process and best practice.

Spanning automotive, aerospace, consumer appliance, electronics and food sectors, for over 20 years Industry Forum has planned and delivered some of the world’s most consistent and successful transformations for business-critical manufacturing operations.

Our trainers are expert practitioners in Aerospace Management Systems with hands-on industrial experience and highly developed communication skills.

They have a wealth of technical expertise and often provide on-site advice and coaching. During every course we will encourage collaboration and sharing of practical experiences, ensuring learning can be put into context and empowering delegates to apply their new skills successfully in their workplace as well as making sustainable improvements.

Training can be offered either through open courses or in-house to suit the customer requirements.

Course booking details:  

Please note that bookings will only run subject to sufficient bookings being received.

Leading Expertise
We don’t employ “trainers”, rather a team of experienced industry experts who are able to apply their knowledge to your business

Proven Capability
We have been helping organisations like yours for over 25 years to deliver and maintain sustainable improvement

Attainable Results
We know what’s possible and how to help you achieve it by utilising our tried and tested techniques for long term success

Robust Execution
We believe that training should be through a ‘learn by doing’ approach with coaching and mentoring wherever possible

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